When the process starts to spec out a new piece of apparatus you will have many decisions and priorities to address. The functionality of the apparatus goes beyond the obvious of pump size, water capacity, ladders and emergency lighting.
The equipment that is carried should be a priority, but do we put the same emphasis on the equipment location and accessibility as we do the items listed above ? The functionality of the apparatus should include all these items to gain maximum performance for emergency personnel. Your apparatus body style and cabinet configurations should be able to accommodate your equipment needs without special modifications by the apparatus builder. If you are replacing an existing apparatus and the same equipment is going from the old apparatus to the new apparatus, a list of equipment should be available to use as your size up. If you are purchasing all new equipment it is critical to know the exact sizes, weights, and any special accommodations that equipment may need. Once all the equipment is defined, you can categorize it by function or discipline so when it is mounted in the apparatus the ease of accessibility creates an instant inventoriable system.
Hand tools for forcible entry depending on the size can also be categorized together as shown in several applications.
Slide out trays can be a valuable asset for heavy tools and equipment, ventilation fans, extrication tools and other equipment is able to be lifted easier from a roll out tray.
Apparatus builders will give you exactly what you want, but know what you want and don’t purchase unnecessary trays and slide outs, some of them may not be used and will add cost. Several different options of mounting configurations are shown. It all takes planning and preparation to end up with a functional apparatus.
Buying a new truck?
Get your equipment mounting included in your spec so you don’t have to redo it later!
The equipment to be carried on the apparatus is all to be mounted per the Fire Department’s guidelines and instructions. This is to include, but not limited to: all the fittings and adapters, hand tools, saws, ventilation fans and accessories, shovels, fire extinguishers, salvage equipment, electrical cords and cord adapters, and all other small tools and/or equipment. We will help you design your cabinets so all your equipment fits and you don’t lose space in your compartments with things you don’t need or that can be moved somewhere else to save you space and help you get to your equipment faster!